Tuesday, 14 January 2014

red boots and a swedish feast

well, hello all. how is 2014 treating you so far?

i have been feeling very excited about this year. there's a buzz about it, and lots of my friends and family agree with this. i've no big plans for the year really - work as normal, hopefully finish my beauty book that i've been working on for several years, eat lots of really good food... remain feeling as content as i do right in this moment.

Christmas itself was very busy. there was a lot of driving, but there was always a very excited face and a big hug at the end of each journey, so it was worth it. we shared lots of very special moments, and created lots of new memories with our lovely family.

so here it is in pictures:

the julbord - a swedish feast. the Christmas eve tradition lives on. there's a lot of meat, but a delightful salad too (of which I am the main consumer!)

we sing songs to meatballs, there lots of drinking of good wine and schnapps, and lots of laughter...

the morning after i enjoy leftover ham and cheese on bread (not my usual style, but very yummy - especially with Nando's Peri Peri drizzle), and a bowl of yogurt with muesli, a pear and a cup of swedish coffee.

on Christmas day we visited my mum's side of the family...

...where we ate a phenomenal Christmas dinner - with lovely vegetables, gravy, bread sauce, stuffing, all the trimmings.

then off up to the Midlands to visit Pete's family. it was so beautiful to spend time walking around where Pete grew up, and hearing him tell me stories of his childhood. it is such gorgeous scenery there too (albeit very cold indeed).

we ate some very good food too - lots of salad veggies, with a little bite of indulgence from Christmas cheese and the traditional pork pie.

we also got to sample the Christmas pudding we made! it was very delicious, and the highlight of my mother-in-law's Christmas break. i was pleasantly surprised to see what it looked like finally.

i only ate a tiny slice (it's not exactly low carb) - but i couldn't not try it. i even popped my Christmas slipper boots on for the occasion.

one last thing before i go - here is a little video about contentment that i made at the end of last year. if you're struggling to see the positives in your life, hopefully this may go some way to help when you're a little blue...

thanks for reading and watching!

currently watching: the Tea Trail with Simon Reeve on BBC iPlayer - loving documentaries at the moment.

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